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This volume constitutes a populist history of country music. Its interwoven essays showcase the music's myriad roots and influences: stringband stomps and western swing, hillbilly boogie and honky-tonk, the Nashville sound and the neo-traditionalist movement, plus everything from blues and bluegrass to rockabilly and country-rock, even soul. It focuses on the records that defined the music to generations of fans, as well as the singers, songwriters, producers and pickers who made them. It takes the reader all the way from Patsy Montana's "I Want to be a Cowboy's Sweetheart" to Merle Haggard's "Mama Tried".

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780826514240
ISBN-10: 0826514243
Format: Paperback
(279mm x 216mm x 17mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Vanderbilt University Press
Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press
Publish Date: 31-Mar-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - David Cantwell

David Cantwell and his wife live in Kansas City, Missouri, where he was born and raised. His writing has appeared in Salon, No Depression, Country Music, Journal of Country Music, Pitchweekly, Rock & Rap Confidential, and The Oxford American. A native of Chicago, Bill Friskics-Warren lives in Nashville with his wife and elevan-year-old son. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, The Oxford American, Nashville Scene, Journal of Country Music, and No Depression, among other publications.

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